What warnings / suggestions should I give my sister when I hand over my D90?

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What warnings / suggestions should I give my sister when I hand over my D90?
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Hello Everyone,

My sister is going to become the new owner for my old D90.

What warnings / suggestions should I tell her? I'm planning to type up (my hand writing is terrible) a quick list of TO DOs and TO DON'Ts for digital cameras / dSLRs. She's had SLR cameras before and plenty of point-and-shoots . . . but this is going to be her 1st dSLR.

Warning things like . . .

Like . . . don't use an old flash unit with a digital camera, because you might blow it up . . .

And a warning that I reset the camera to factory default settings . . .

But also pointer things like . . .

but point out the "My Menu" which I totally missed the 1st year I had it available to me. DOPE. That is a completely useful feature to stop menu diving! <grin>

Unfortunately I don't have a manual for the camera to hand over to her, so she's going to have to download it.

Any help greatly appreciated!

Thanks!  

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Shoot on Auto (No Flash) (so the dam flash doesn't pop up every time you start to push the shutter) for a month just to get the feel of the camera.

Put on a neck strap and put it around your neck, at all times.

And, don't mess it up because it's YOUR camera now.

Anything more than that will be TMI (Too Much Information) and may elicit statements like "Don't tell me what to do" and "You're not my boss, lay off".

I sold a D40 to a close neighbor and tried not to tell them anything after the sale.  Let me just say they handled that camera about the opposite of anything I would have told them but I still held my tongue.

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Don't drop the camera. That's it.

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Show her how to put it into Programmed Auto and use the control wheel to select between different aperture/shutter combinations. That should be plenty for a long time.

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Try this webpage--the full manual can be downloaded. Might make things easier.

https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16087

It's the full 300 pages.

... and perhaps make sure that she realises that once she accepts the camera there's no going back ...

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1.  Explain to her how to read the shutter speed.

Explain what a fast shutter speed looks like ( say, 1/500 ) and a slow shutter speed ( say, 1/2" ).

Explain that if she see's 1/2", she better not be hand-holding ( and why. )

i.e., "The cause of motion blur / fuzzy photos is slower shutter speeds.  Help the camera out."

Explain to her how to up the shutter speed (assuming hand holding ), either via aperture or ISO.

2. Explain to her the basics of how the camera decides what to focus on.  Show her how to pick the different focus points.

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Make sure she understands this is habit-forming. And expensive.

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Do not take a selfie with a 300mm lens.

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TacticDesigns wrote:

Hello Everyone,

My sister is going to become the new owner for my old D90.

What warnings / suggestions should I tell her? I'm planning to type up (my hand writing is terrible) a quick list of TO DOs and TO DON'Ts for digital cameras / dSLRs. She's had SLR cameras before and plenty of point-and-shoots . . . but this is going to be her 1st dSLR.

Warning things like . . .

Like . . . don't use an old flash unit with a digital camera, because you might blow it up . . .

And a warning that I reset the camera to factory default settings . . .

But also pointer things like . . .

but point out the "My Menu" which I totally missed the 1st year I had it available to me. DOPE. That is a completely useful feature to stop menu diving! <grin>

Unfortunately I don't have a manual for the camera to hand over to her, so she's going to have to download it.

Any help greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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Let her take some shots and then decide what to tell her.

Grant.

https://help.nikon.ca/app/answers/detail/a_id/16089/~/users-manual---d90---guide-to-digital-photography

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pixd90 wrote:

Do not take a selfie with a 300mm lens.

LOL. Will add that to the list!  

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bflood wrote:

Make sure she understands this is habit-forming. And expensive.

Unfortunately that is so true!  LOL!  

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1. Explain to her how to read the shutter speed.

Explain what a fast shutter speed looks like ( say, 1/500 ) and a slow shutter speed ( say, 1/2" ).

Explain that if she see's 1/2", she better not be hand-holding ( and why. )

i.e., "The cause of motion blur / fuzzy photos is slower shutter speeds. Help the camera out."

Explain to her how to up the shutter speed (assuming hand holding ), either via aperture or ISO.

2. Explain to her the basics of how the camera decides what to focus on. Show her how to pick the different focus points.

Good point on the focus points. She currently uses a Pentax K1000 (So no auto focus there LOL) and some point-and-shoot cameras . . . so giving her the heads up on AF-C vs AF-S and auto focus point selection vs. manual might be worth while . . . Thanks!  

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Stuart001 wrote:

Try this webpage--the full manual can be downloaded. Might make things easier.

https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16087

It's the full 300 pages.

... and perhaps make sure that she realises that once she accepts the camera there's no going back ...

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Thank you! I'll email her the link!  

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Show her how to put it into Programmed Auto and use the control wheel to select between different aperture/shutter combinations. That should be plenty for a long time.

Yeah. Going from an old film camera with no auto anything to this dSLR . . . there's going to be a lot of adjustment. LOL.

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Don't drop the camera. That's it.

That is a good point!  LOL!  

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Anything more than that will be TMI (Too Much Information) and may elicit statements like "Don't tell me what to do" and "You're not my boss, lay off".

That's kinda what I'm thinking. Just point out what can damage the camera (ie. old flash units) and just a bit of some things that would be a lot different than her Pentax K1000 . . . like autofocus and auto / manual iso . . . and metering mode.

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I think I'll keep it simple.

I'll tell her about not using old flash units, because she has some old flash units from the old film days lying around. And if she uses an old flash, she may end up overloading the camera and frying the circuits and killing the camera. So . . . I figure I have to tell her about that.

And maybe a little about manual iso vs. auto iso and what the settings mean. That there is different metering modes. And manual vs. autofocus and AF-C vs AF-S vs AF-A. So . . . the stuff that is different than her Pentax K1000 . . . LOL.

And that there is a "My Menu", which I totally missed at first.

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What about selecting software? That is something specific to digital. With that comes the raw/jpeg decision. Something for her to know about if not make any great decisions yet.
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I think I'll keep it simple.

I'll tell her about not using old flash units, because she has some old flash units from the old film days lying around. And if she uses an old flash, she may end up overloading the camera and frying the circuits and killing the camera. So . . . I figure I have to tell her about that.

And maybe a little about manual iso vs. auto iso and what the settings mean. That there is different metering modes. And manual vs. autofocus and AF-C vs AF-S vs AF-A. So . . . the stuff that is different than her Pentax K1000 . . . LOL.

And that there is a "My Menu", which I totally missed at first.

Thanks everyone!

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Again, TMI.

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TacticDesigns wrote:

I think I'll keep it simple.

I'll tell her about not using old flash units, because she has some old flash units from the old film days lying around. And if she uses an old flash, she may end up overloading the camera and frying the circuits and killing the camera. So . . . I figure I have to tell her about that.

And maybe a little about manual iso vs. auto iso and what the settings mean. That there is different metering modes. And manual vs. autofocus and AF-C vs AF-S vs AF-A. So . . . the stuff that is different than her Pentax K1000 . . . LOL.

And that there is a "My Menu", which I totally missed at first.

Thanks everyone!

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